Bye Bye Blues (film)
|Bye Bye Blues|
|Directed by||Anne Wheeler|
|Produced by||Arvi Liimatainen|
|Written by||Anne Wheeler|
|Music by||George Blondheim|
|Edited by||Christopher Tate|
|Distributed by||Artificial Eye (UK)|
Circle Films (USA)
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During World War II, Daisy Cooper (Rebecca Jenkins) returns home to her small Alberta town after she and her soldier husband, Teddy (Michael Ontkean), are split by the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. While waiting for the war to end and to learn if Teddy is alive or dead, she joins a swing band as a singer to provide for her family, performing with them in many community halls. Daisy and her children initially live with her husband's parents, but later rent a house for themselves, as Daisy chafes under her in-laws' scrutiny. Daisy struggles to balance societal expectations of fealty and commitment to her children, while also struggling to financially support herself and her children by traveling and performing with the band. A trombonist in the band has a secret past and a not so secret yearning. Daisy struggles with an impossible choice as she hears that Teddy is returning home.
Her husband's sister, a somewhat similar free spirit, befriends an Australian airman in Alberta to train in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
The film was nominated for twelve Genie Awards at the 11th Genie Awards in 1990, and won three: Best Actress (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Stevan), and Best Original Song ("When I Sing" by Bill Henderson).
- Main Title
- Jazz Spring
- Theme For Teddy
- Marry Me Daisy
- When I Sing
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- Max's Theme (I Love You Daisy)
- Am I Blue
- Bath Blues
- Unfinished Blues
- Who's Sorry Now
- Home Movie/It's A Plane
- You Made Me Love You
- Blues For Anne
- Bye Bye Blues
- Rebecca Jenkins - vocals
- Produced by Bob Hunka, John McCullough, and George Blondheim
- Music preparation by Laurie Bardsley
- Original film music composed and conducted by George Blondheim
- Mixed by Gary Dere, Paul Shubat, and Hayward Parrott
- Musicians: George Blondheim - piano, Mike Lent - bass, Bob McLaren - drums, Gene Bertoncini - guitar, Bob Stroup - trombone, P.J. Perry - clarinet and saxophone, Gary Guthman - trumpet, Vinod Bhardwaj - bansuri, Damyanti Bhardwaj - tanpura, Hari Sahay - tabla, George Ursan - drums ("When I Sing" and "Sweet Georgia Brown"), Melvin Wilson - guitar ("When I Sing"), Gary Koliger - guitar ("Sweet Georgia Brown"), Wayne Robson - background vocal ("When I Sing"), Wayne Robson, George Blondheim, Luke Reilly, and Stuart Margolin - vocal shouts ("Sweet Georgia Brown")
- Members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: James Keene, Broderick Olson, Tom Johnson, Mary Johnson, Richard Caldwell, Hugh Davies, Stephen Bryant, Evan Verchomin, Andrew Bacon, Susan Ekholm, Derek Gomez, Tanya Prochzaka, Nora Bumanis, Colin Ryan, David Hoyt, Donald Plumb, Brian Jones, Susan Flook, Neria Mayer, Mikkio Kohjitani, John Taylor, Donald Hyder
Springwater School in Starland County, Alberta, Canada was used as a set.
For several years Bye Bye Blues could not be exhibited on television or theatrically (and could not be issued on DVD or made available digitally) because nobody could determine who held the copyright. On August 21, 2013, however, the Copyright Board of Canada issued a licence to Rebecca Jenkins, allowing the film to be distributed in Canada by television, Internet, and other means. The licence was issued under section 77 of the Copyright Act, which allows the Copyright Board to issue a licence in respect of orphan works where "the Board is satisfied that the applicant has made reasonable efforts to locate the owner of the copyright and that the owner cannot be located". Pursuant to the licence, the film is available online in Canada through the iTunes Store, and two theatrical screenings were held in October 2014 at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
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